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ACRA hoping for speedier parade

Aspen Times Staff Report

In an effort to speed along an event that has been criticized in recent years for moving too slowly, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association has reversed the route for this year’s Fourth of July Parade.

ACRA officials said they hope the decision will maintain a more consistent flow of traffic and provide better viewing all along the route.

For many years the parade has begun at Main Street and Garmisch, and then proceeded east past the Hotel Jerome, where judging took place. That caused backups almost immediately along Main, one of the most popular areas for parade watching.

This year, the route will turn immediately south on Aspen Street from the staging area on Main Street between Aspen and Second streets. The route will then head down Hyman Avenue before turning north onto Mill Street. The parade will work through the downtown core before coming back onto Main at Hunter Street. Judging will still take place at the Hotel Jerome, near the end of the parade route.

“We reversed the route to eliminate the bottleneck that occurs at the Hotel Jerome during judging, immediately slowing the pace of the parade and leaving large gaps along the route,” said Chris Nolen, president of ACRA.

The parade begins at noon Sunday. Participants may line up on a first-come basis at Aspen and Main streets starting at 11 a.m. The close of the parade at approximately 1:30 p.m. will coincide with the U.S. Air Force flight over Main Street.

Preregistration for floats is required, and the entry deadline was last Friday. For more information, call Jennifer Albright at 920-7143.


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